Sunday, August 21, 2011

Justice D Sreedevi will visit tomorrow the convent at Poonkulam

Justice D Sreedevi will visit tomorrow the convent at Poonkulam, near Kovalalam, here where a nun was found dead in a water tank recently.Yesterday, the Commission had ordered an inquiry into the unnatural death of 48-year-old Sister Mary Ancy on Wednesday last, following a complaint from Mr Jomon Puthenpurackal, a social worker from Kottayam.

The nun, who hailed from Kottayam, was a teacher at the Holy Cross Lower Primary School and was an inmate of the convent near the school for the last 21 years.

The slab of the covered water tank was found displaced and this fuelled speculation of a murder, reminding people of Sister Abhaya who was found dead in her convent at Kottayam in 1992.

It was learnt Sister Mary Ancy was depressed after she developed some skin disease and had not been sleeping properly for the past few weeks due to the ailment.

Sobha John is believed to be still in Kerala

The prime accused in the Varapuzha sex scam involving a minor girl, is believed to be still in the Kerala.The police are trying hard to reach her before she succeeds in getting out of the state or seeks legal help. The police got details about her movement after questioning those close to her, the other day. It also said that Sobha John is hiding behind influential people, including politicians and top police officials.

The girl was arrested along with a retired army official and another man hailing from Thiruvananthapuram on charges of immoral activities from a rented house at Varapuzha on August 4. During investigation, it was found that the girl was 17 years old and not 19 as claimed earlier.

The move to arrest Sobha John was initiated after the parents confessed to handing over the girl to her.

North Indian students attacked at AMU Malappuram

In an incident that may shock the proponents of AMU regional centres, about a dozen North Indian students were brutally beaten up by local students at the Malappuram (Kerala) study centre of Aligarh Muslim University on Wednesday (10th August). As the attack was allegedly led by son of a Muslim League leader, neither AMU nor district authorities have taken any action in the case. Student bodies have condemned the incident and demanded swift action from the authorities of AMU.

According to media reports, a group of local students of AMU Malappuram centre violently attacked on the students of Uttar Pradesh studying at the centre on regional animosity. More than 11 students were reportedly injured and 3 among them are in serious conditions. The seriously injured students are from Aligarh and Hathras districts of UP.

A section of Hindi media reported that the lead instigator of this violent clash is the son of a Central University VC and the son of a prominent Muslim League leader of the state. It is said that due to the local biasness and the case being linked with high profile academician and politician of Kerala, the Kerala Govt is not swift in taking action against the attackers.

Work on Smart City to begin next month: Chandy

Work on the much-delayed Kochi Smart City IT project will begin September-end, Kerala Chief Minister Oommen Chandy said Sunday.

Speaking to IANS, Chandy said that he has been told that the decision was taken at a meeting of the Smart City Dubai board in the emirate Sunday.

Yes, things are moving fast and work would begin next month according to our time table that we have drawn up when they were here after we took over. All the hitches are over and it is going to be on the fast track, said Chandy.

Incidentally it was Chandy who had first finalised the proposed mega IT project in his previous tenure. The succeeding Left Democratic Front, headed by V.S. Achuthanandan, laid the foundation stone for the project but nothing else happened during its rule.

We have got the news that they have included me, (state minister) K.Babu and (Middle East businessman) M.A.Yusuf Ali as special invitees on the board, added Chandy.

The road map for the mega project, which is expected to come up on a 250 acre plot in Kochi, is expected to provide close to 100,000 jobs.